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  1. Hits: Typetastic Catholic Heritage Curricula Handwriting Year 3 (cursive) Evan Moor Building Spelling Skills Home-made Fairy Tales unit study using If the Wolf Were an Octopus (RFP) and Tales of Wonder (Circe Press) and lots of picture books Daily Mental Math Tin Man Press Start Thinking Grade 3 Singapore Math Story of Civilization Part 2 The Medieval world Scratch (on my own curriculum based partially on the Scratch coding cards) - this is by far their favorite thing we are doing. Misses: Writing and Rhetoric Fable - I had really hoped that this would jumpstart our writing in third grade but it has not worked for us. We are about 3 lessons in and I'm seriously considering jumping ship. The problem is I have no idea what to jump ship to. The Jury is Out: Beast Academy - I really loved 2A-2D, but the kids continue to complain about it. And they absolutely hated the online component - they prefer the practice pages. Memoria Press Latina Christiana - My husband likes it and is teaching it, but the kids vacillate between being excited to do something with Dad and hating the amount of work required to learn a language, especially Latin.
  2. We just took the nwea map test with literally zero prep. They were a grade level ahead and probably would have done better with some prep. If you want to focus on test taking, I think ctc has some books specifically geared toward those skills.
  3. I have boy/girl twins, so my experience is different from same gender twins. My twins are very close, especially since we homeschool, but they are not dependent on each other at all. My girl twin craves alone time from her siblings, especially her twin. They can be competitive about academics, but not overly so. They shared a room until recently when we separated them because my daughter is a light sleeper and was complaining of her brother waking her (he rolls around a lot in his sleep). When they were babies, toddlers, and preschool age they found each other comforting but now they irritate each other like any other two siblings would. Some advice given to me on here that I found helpful was to get 2 different curriculum for them. It's harder to compete and compare. And twins often need different approaches which can include having different curriculum. I don't do this with all of my curriculum but I found it especially helpful when I was teaching them how to read. My daughter thrived with memoria press and my son hated it. He did much better with progressive phonics, bob books, and activities to go along with them. I still use different resources when needed even though they are both reading now.
  4. My 2nd grade twins do: Daily Mental Math level 2 Handwriting from catholic heritage curricula Growing with Grammar 20 minutes silent reading a book of their choice OSMO activities All independently. Everything else we do requires input, teaching, and/or follow through from me.
  5. I feel like we are just now getting into a groove with my 7 year old twins. They will turn 8 July 1 2019 and we will "start" 3rd grade at the end of August, but since we school year round it's more like a technical distinction. In order of my confidence that it is what we will actually attempt to do: Math: Singapore Math 3A/3B Beast Academy 3A-3D with online subscription Daily Mental Math Grade 3 Additional materials to drill multiplication facts likely (already purchased some from TPT) History: The Story of Civilization Volume 2 TAN Press The Story of the World Volume 2 Peace Hill Press Famous Figures of Medieval and Renaissance Times additional picture books, chapter books, and videos from the activity guides and Guest Hollow Science: Zoo Homeschool class Mystery Science Morning Time: Brain Quest Trivia cards / Melissa and Doug Smarty Pants trivia cards Memoria Press Recitation Plans 3rd Grade Units to cover in the year in 9 week increments: Fairy Tales, Shakespeare, New Testament, US Geography STEM: Scratch Coding Cards EEME subscription box OSMO Religion: Image of God Grade 3 At the feet of Mary: A Hands on Resource from Catholic Heritage Curricula Language Arts (SO TORN): Memoria Press Literature Guides for Grade 2, start Grade 3 (we are about a half a year behind on these, building fluency and confidence) Catholic Heritage Curricula Handwriting Grade 3 (cursive) A spelling curriculum (we will have finished AAS Levels 1, 2 - I am torn about going on to do 3 or jumping ship for something new) Grammar - either continue Growing with Grammar Level 3 OR Start Latin with Latina Christiana from Memoria Press and let latin be our grammar for the year Outside Classes: Zoo Homeschool Class ( 1x / monthly) Art Class (weekly) Homeschool PE (weekly) maybe add a co-op (weekly) - unsure if I can manage all of the above plus working 30 hours a week and fit in a co-op 😅
  6. Following up on the weekly folders... I just wanted to throw out there that I use 36 weekly folders but I do not put resources in them ahead of time. I plan out each week the week before. I use a word document I made to plan each week and by Saturday I have the next week planned - that's when I stuff my next week's folder with any printed resources, the lesson plan, copies of workbook pages etc. Then during the week I keep the folder for the week in my school basket with my books and such and as my twins finish work I stick it in the folder. I then return the folder to my filing bin and stuff the next week's and do it all over again. At the end of the year I have all the work by week in the folders and I take it out to put into a portfolio for state requirements. But I do not have the entire year planned out in my folders and if I had to use the folder system that way I would also not find it helpful.
  7. I can't speak from experience, but I would probably drop everything except reading and math in your situation. Involve your boys in packing and moving as much as possible - this is a life skill that they are learning since most of us will move a few times in our lives 😊 And maybe decide to make up some school time by schooling through the summer after you settle in. Welcome to Arkansas! I grew up there, in the river valley, and graduated from the U of A in Fayetteville. If you enjoy hiking there are many varied opportunities for outdoor adventures. I wish I had appreciated it more before I moved away. I hope you enjoy living there.
  8. Sorry to hear that you are also feeling yucky with your pregnancy... my 2 year old (#3) is still napping in the afternoons, thank God. I used to use this time to do extra school work and now I just sleep. :mellow:
  9. This year has been difficult for me - I got pregnant with baby #4 in August right before school started. I thought at the time that this was clever timing because it meant the baby would be due late April/early May... a great time for a break, I thought! But ugh... this pregnancy has been my hardest so far, lots of nausea and exhaustion, migraines... just general yuckiness that is making school really hard for me to get done. I've cut back a lot of the extras I had planned because I just haven't felt up to the extra planning it would take to pull them together. So...hits and misses.... HITS: Singapore 1A and Addition Facts that Stick / Subtraction Facts that Stick - math has been going well. We did Singapore for Kindergarten, and if anything 1A feels too easy. But I'm willing to work through it anyway for the reinforcement of concepts that we touched on last year. I was originally hopeful that we would finish 1B and go on into 2A this year but now I'll just be happy to finish 1B. See above. Beautiful Feet Books Early American History Primary - although I've cut a lot of the "notebooking" from this curriculum and we're mostly just reading aloud and using the discussion questions, it's been a hit. My kids are learning it and enjoying it. ELTL1 - this has been great. My kids love the literature selections, and they are getting to hear Aesop's Fables. The copywork and gentle grammar introductions are just right and I'm seeing improvement in handwriting from this alone. Memoria Press Enrichment - We don't always get to it but I enjoy it and so do my kids. The memory work is something we always do and it's been really great. I like the picture book selections and art cards. Neutral - Royal Fireworks Press Aesop's Fables: Books about Reading, Writing, and Thinking - I made a master list of the fables in these books and matched them up with ELTL1 so that I could pull them in instead of just reading the fable from ELTL on the weeks they matched up (yes, I did that way before the pregnancy happened). We've done a few and some of the tasks are just above my children with their so far limited exposure to grammar. They do like some of the ones we've done. Misses - Science - I just haven't gotten around to it. It keeps getting shoved on to the back burner for "another day" that rarely comes. :/
  10. I struggle with this as well. We DO have a playset - a simple one with a slide and swings and a little monkey bars - and the kids rarely use anything except the swings. The swings get used for about 20 minutes a day. So I would recommend instead of buying a full on playset, just get a swing set. You can even build your own fairly cheaply: http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-build-a-wooden-kids-swing-set After the swings, the thing that gets used most is the sandbox. I don't like the mess of the sit down in it type sandbox so I got one that they stand up at: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Step2-Naturally-Playful-Sand-and-Water-Activity-Table-Value-Bundle-8-piece-Accessory-Set/10983986 This plus some sand toys and mini bull dozers and army men gives me a lot of outdoor play time. The next most useful things would be chalk, a water table, a rubber playground type ball. We have a mini trampoline and a balance beam that we made ourselves. These get used very occasionally, more when friends are over. I'm considering a life size jenga set next. :D
  11. I used Guest Hollow's anatomy for PreK-2nd grade when my twins were 4 years old. We had a great year doing this curriculum - you can pick and choose among the resources. Guest hollow also has a step up in age curriculum called Jr. Anatomy that you may want to look at, but here is the PreK-2: http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/anatomy_little_otters/littleotters_anatomy.html
  12. It's been on my amazon shopping list for awhile but I have yet to pull the trigger.
  13. Last year, I budgeted $1000 per child (2 kids). I bought quite a few things I didn't even use, but some of that was getting math manipulative that will be useful for little brother in a few years. This year I budgeted $1000 total ($500 per kid).
  14. I find this thread slightly depressing :/ I know that comparing my kids to others is a road I do not want to walk down, and I usually succeed at that. But for some reason this thread has me second guessing everything I have done with my twins. My twins will be 6 in a week. A year ago, right before and around turning 5 they were zooming through BOB books set 1. But not "level 1 readers." I would say right now they can handle those, in a sense... they are reading elephant and piggie, but some level 1 readers are still beyond them since they contain so many words that are not easy to sound out phonetically.
  15. I home schooled my kindergarten age twins this last year. I got a lot of the advice you see in this thread last year when I asked almost the exact same question. :) It was good advice. I imagined that I could teach them everything together, but it really does help to split them up for some subjects - for us, reading and math. They do occasionally do reading or math together, too, it just depends on your curriculum. For example, some days we play games for math and those days we play the games together. Some days we read through books for math - like when we were learning how to tell time on an analog clock and I got a bunch of time books from the library - and we do those together. But I have found it easier to separate them when doing new concepts so that competitiveness doesn't come into play. As for what to do with one twin while the other is working - I tend to use learning apps. We have an ipad so I'll have one twin work with me while the other does 20 minutes of Osmo or dreambox or dragonbox numbers or teach your monster to read. Then I swap and the other one does instruction while twin A does ipad. We don't do this every day - sometimes I just let one play while the other works, but I find it is helpful a lot of the time.
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